In September 2018 the DCP launched its first Design Challenge, the Designing for Ageing Well Challenge. This called for interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative ideas that reimagine the future of digital health, social innovation and ageing well. We are excited to announce our four shortlisted teams and their projects here.
The Challenge is an initiative of the Design & Creative ECP, in collaboration with Telstra and RMIT Industry Engagement.
PROJECT: SOCIAL SAVVY
This team comprises RMIT Industrial Design researchers, an Industrial Design Honours student, an IT consultant in AI Machine Learning and a Social Scientist. Their project proposes using service design methods and next generation AR hardware to address the problem of enabling independent living for an ageing population facing conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimers or a general decline in cognitive abilities.
Building on outcomes from a creative research project, the team are proposing a simple effective IoT solution to addressing the increasing need for care at a distance and to manage social isolation. Their innovative object utilises sensors and Wi-Fi to encourage human connectivity for people living alone, rather than replace it, and has the potential for use amongst the wider population.
PROJECT: THE CAT PIN
This project aims to address the issue of loneliness due to a lack of social interaction by developing a discreet, low-cost wearable which detects the presence or absence of conversation. The project offers care at a distance using existing technology. The team’s expertise traverses design, user engagement, wearable technologies, microelectronics and aged care.
This team brings together a wealth of interdisciplinary expertise in design, technology, disability and aged care. The project aims to evaluate the feasibility of an innovative model of service delivery by delivering playful and creative interventions to aged-care residents with mild to moderate dementia using interactive surface technology.